Uganda’s Mercyline Chelangat won the Dam to Dam women 10-mile race that was held on Sunday (17) between Amsterdam and Zaandam in Netherlands.
Chelangat, who finished 13th in the 10,000m at the World Championships in London last month and 12th at the World Cross Championships in March, cut the tape in 53:08.
“It was a bit difficult with the bridges and the big tunnel in the beginning of the race, but at 10K I knew I could win here,’ she said. Chelangat said she’ll contest some more road races over the next couple of months and believes that her future lies over the marathon later in her career.
Ethiopia’s Sofia Assefa came second five seconds back with Risa Takenaka third in 53:18. Mimi Belete and Ancuta Bobocel were fourth and fifth in 53:33 and 53:35 respectively.
Jip Vastenburg, who was injured during the summer season and missed the World Championships in London, was the fastest Dutch women in the race in 54:02 to finish eighth overall. Susan Krumins, the clear domestic favourite, was forced to withdraw just prior to the start do to a slight injury.
- Mercyline Chelangat (KEN) 53:08
- Sofia Assefa (ETH) 53:13
- Risa Takenaka (JPN) 53:18
- Mimi Belete (ETH) 53:33
- Ancuta Bobocel (KEN) 53:35